Portsmouth Lifeboat tasked to Pan Pan Emergency radio call for Injured Yachtsman
RNLI Portsmouth Lifeboat was tasked this afternoon (Wednesday 25 April -2.22pm) to a Pan Pan emergency call from a yacht with an injured crewman onboard. The 50ft sailing vessel was approximately five miles south of Hayling Island when one of their crew slipped and broke his hip.
It was therefore decided that the coastguard winchman would transfer to the RNLI Lifeboat with his medical kit and then take one of our casualty care trained volunteer crew onboard with him to assess the injured gentleman.
Once onboard, the casualties awkward position became clear, he had slipped on the rear deck and was now laying between the two steering wheels making any movement difficult and incredibly painful. To mitigate further injury he was administered with pain relief and made comfortable in situ until reaching the shelter of Langstone harbour about an hour later.
Once in the harbour a waiting coastguard rescue unit and Portsmouth RNLI shore crew were able to assist with mooring and ambulance transfer.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.